The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) / Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship is a two-year program designed to train fellows specifically to support high containment research environments by acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to meet the scientific, regulatory, biocontainment, biosafety, engineering, communications, management, and public relations challenges associated with the conduct of research in these facilities. NBBTP/IRTA Fellows do not engage in any primary patient care activities.
The mission of the NBBTP/IRTA is to prepare biosafety and biocontainment professionals of the highest caliber to meet the needs of the biomedical emerging disease and civilian biodefense research communities through the 21st century.
Questions about the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship should be directed to
NIH Division of Occupational Health & Safety
Phone: (301) 496-2960
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Main Areas of Focus
- Occupational Safety through Biocontainment
- Regulatory and Guidelines
- Facility Design, Operations and Maintenance
- Accident Prevention, Environmental Protection and Response
- Emerging Technology
- Communication and Leadership
The NBBTP was conceived as a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. As of January 2020, the NBBTP became part of the NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program and is now known as the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship.
Applications for the class of Fellowships beginning October 31, 2022 will be open February 2022. To receive real-time updates when applications are open, subscribe to National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program GovDelivery email updates.
Application Deadline: Close of Business July 1, 2022